Ethnic Differences Emerge in Plastic Surgery

Sam Dolnick, New York Times, February 1, 2011

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{snip} New York has developed a host of niche markets that allow the city’s many immigrants to get tucks and tweaks that are carefully tailored to their cultural preferences and ideals of beauty. {snip}

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“When a patient comes in from a certain ethnic background and of a certain age, we know what they’re going to be looking for,” said Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, the president of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, which has three clinics in the city. {snip}

{snip} Many Egyptians are getting face lifts. Many Italians are reshaping their knees. Dr. Alizadeh says his fellow Iranians favor nose jobs.

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{snip} A century ago, [ethnic] operations were targeted at assimilation issues,” Ms. Pitts-Taylor [Victoria Pitts-Taylor, a professor of sociology at Queens College who has written about popular attitudes toward plastic surgery.] said.

Today, [rather] than striving to fit in to their new country, many immigrants reshape themselves to their home culture’s trends and tastes.

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Perhaps the most sought-after procedure among Asians is “double-eyelid surgery,” which creates a crease in the eyelid that can make the eye look rounder. {snip}

“One of the traits of beauty is to have large eyes,” Dr. Lee said, “and to get that effect you have to have the double eyelids.”

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